Who are Zero Paints?
Zero Paints (UK) Limited is a UK company setup in 2006 to enable the automotive modeller the option to paint their models with the correct shade of paint, instead of just red you can paint the model the exact shade e.g. Ferrari (red) Rosso Corsa 322 etc.
Where are Zero Paints?
In December 2017 we moved to our new mixing facility at :
Zero Paints (UK) Limited, A1 Astwood Business Centre, Staverton, Cheltenham, GL51 0TF. United Kingdom.
The website can be found at www.zero-paints.com
Do you ship paints overseas?
Yes, Please read the page on Transportation of Flammable Products for a complete list of shipping destinations.
What type of Paints are they?
All the paints are Pre-thinned for Airbrushing. The paints supplied are called "Basecoat Paints" which are a solvent based paint (similar to Cellulose but different) which dry with a matt finish and require clearcoating. As they are solvent based they need to be applied over a suitable primer, they can be Solid, Metallic, Mica, Pearl or Candy colours.
What colours can you match?
We can match almost any 1:1 production Car and Motorcycle since the late 1980 (some cases back to the late 1960's).
Historic race cars colours can be difficult to match, but with suitable photos and information we can do our best to help. Listed below are just a few of the mainstream automotive manufactures we can match.
How do I order paint which is not listed?
Firstly contact us to check we can mix your required colour, supplying as much information as possible. Then order 60ml Custom Mixing at the online store. Example
Car / Motorcycle Manufacture - Honda (Required)
Colour Name - New Imola Orange (Required)
Mannufactures Colour Code - YR536P(Required) (Not PPG's Code)
Model - S2000
Year of Manufacture - 2003
A Google Search can usually help with getting paint codes and names.
How do you get the exact match?
The colours are mixed using a PC Driven CD-ROM Formulation Database which guarantees a perfect reproduction of the original colour; this database is constantly being updated with new formulas.
Do they need thinning?
No, all paints are supplied pre-thinned for Airbrush use, they are thinned to a consistency which is suitable for Airbrushes with nozzle sizes of 0.3mm upwards. Additional thinners are available if further thinning is required.
It is not recommended to over thin the paint, too much thinners and increase the chance of the paint becoming to HOT and affecting/eating the plastic below the primer. If unsure test first.
Is Primer needed?
Yes, As the paints are solvent based it is necessary to primer the plastic/resin before applying the basecoat colour; this seals the plastic/resin and creates a key for the paint to adhere to.
Do I need to Clearcoat?
Yes, All basecoat colours dry Matt and REQUIRE Clearcoating. The following Clearcoats have also been tested without any issues: Zero 2k Clearcoat, Zero Pre-thinned Lacquer, Tamiya TS13, Mr Hobby range (Mr Top Gloss etc), Halfords Lacquer Therefore most General Automotive Lacquers should be Ok, but if in doubt do a test first.
How many models can I paint with 1 x 60ml Bottle?
1 x 60ml jar of Paint will cover 2 or 3 1:24 Scale models depending on the colour, yellow needs more coats than blue or black, but you will always cover 1 off model with 60ml, if you are painting a 1:12 scale model car we recommend 2 x 60ml bought at the same time, ensuring they are from the same batch.
What should I use to clean my Airbrush?
You can use either Basecoat Thinners or Airbrush Cleaner, alternatively any thinners that contain Toluene should work, but it's best to test first.
Do you supply instructions?
Full colour instructions, can also be found online here or/and on the www.zero-paints.com website, basic instructions are however on each jar
How do I strip Basecoat Paints from my model?
Paints can be stripped using Brake Fluid and/or Isopropyl Alcohol. But always test on a small area before applying to an important project.
What is the Shelf Life of the paints
As the paint is supplied Pre-thinned, the thinners can evaporate over time. The shelf life can vary on the environment, but if kept in a cool, dark place with the plastic insert still under the lid, you can expect a shelf life of years.
If the thinners have evaporated you can add more basecoat thinners to bring the paint back to the original state.
Can we buy Trade for our Shop/Store?
Yes, Please contact the trade dept, details can be found at www.zero-paints.com
What else does Zero Paints offer?
Zero paints also offer a range of Thinners, cleaners, primers, mixing beakers, transfer pipettes, mixing sticks, tack cloths and other paint related supplies